Maun is the gateway to the one of the best wildlife experiences you will ever have - a safari in the unforgettable Okavango Delta. Maun has grown rapidly from its early days as a small, rural frontier town and has now spread along the wide, usually dry Thamalakane River. It now boasts good shopping centres, hotels and lodges as well as car and 4-wheel drive vehicle hire. However, it retains a rural atmosphere and, as befitting its role as the hub of the Delta's safari industry, a raw edge. Grizzled hunters and khaki-clad guides amble from supply stores, big 4X4 trucks grind their way into the bush and the local tribesmen still bring their cattle here to sell. You might see antelopes grazing the quieter river banks and you will certainly dodge donkeys and goats on the main road.